West Des Moines, Iowa Population 2022

71,145
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West Des Moines is a city located in Polk County Iowa. With a 2020 population of 71,145, it is the 7th largest city in Iowa and the 570th largest city in the United States. West Des Moines is currently growing at a rate of 1.73% annually and its population has increased by 3.52% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 68,723 in 2020. Spanning over 48 miles, West Des Moines has a population density of 1,511 people per square mile.

The average household income in West Des Moines is $103,983 with a poverty rate of 6.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in West Des Moines is 36.7 years, 36.2 years for males, and 37 years for females.

West Des Moines Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Des Moineswas:

  • White: 84.86%
  • Asian: 6.58%
  • Black or African American: 3.97%
  • Two or more races: 3.59%
  • Other race: 0.83%
  • Native American: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of West Des Moines, Iowa is 71,145 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 68,723.

West Des Moines, Iowa Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

West Des Moines Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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West Des Moines Population by Race

West Des Moines Population Pyramid 2022

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West Des Moines Median Age

35.7


Total

34.4


Male

36.9


Female

West Des Moines Adults

There are 51,211 adults, (9,071 of whom are seniors) in West Des Moines.

West Des Moines Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

21.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Child Dependency Ratio

West Des Moines Sex Ratio

Female

33,667

50.46%

Male

33,057

49.54%

West Des Moines Population by Age

West Des Moines Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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West Des Moines Household Types

59.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

West Des Moines Households and Families

2.99

Average Family Size

2.25

Average Household Size

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West Des Moines Households by Type

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West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

West Des Moines Educational Attainment by Race

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$52,581

Average Earnings

$57,858

Average Male

$44,081

Average Female

West Des Moines Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Des Moines Language by Age

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West Des Moines Language

85.42% of West Des Moines residents speak only English, while 14.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.81% of the population.

West Des Moines Language

West Des Moines Poverty by Race

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6.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.97%

Male Poverty Rate

6.58%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Des Moines

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Des Moines is Hispanic, with 29.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Des Moines is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.53%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.18%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.74%.

West Des Moines Poverty

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West Des Moines Poverty Rate by Education

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West Des Moines Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Des Moines Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

West Des Moines Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.3%

Male Marriage Rate

47.4%

Female Marriage Rate

West Des Moines Married by Age and Sex

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West Des Moines Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

West Des Moines Marital Status by Race

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West Des Moines Marital Status

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3,137

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

West Des Moines Veterans by War

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West Des Moines Veterans by Age

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West Des Moines Veterans by Race

West Des Moines Veterans by Education

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4.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Des Moines Veterans by Education

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73.5%

Labor Force Participation

71.6%

Employment Rate

2.5%

Unemployment Rate

West Des Moines Employment by Age

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West Des Moines Employment by Race

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West Des Moines Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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61.00%

Born in West Des Moines

88.94%

Native Born

11.06%

Foreign Born

5.82%

Non Citizen

5.24%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.94% of West Des Moines residents were born in the United States, with 61.00% having been born in Iowa. 5.82% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

West Des Moines Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

West Des Moines Population by Year